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Tomorrowland Speedway
Tomorrowland Speedway

Opened

October 1, 1971

Land

Tomorrowland

Designer

WED Enterprises

Vehicle capacity

2

Ride length

3:50

Length

2,112 ft. (643.7 m)

The Tomorrowland Speedway is a Magic Kingdom attraction, in which patrons steer specially designed cars through an enclosed track.

History[]

An opening day attraction, the Grand Prix Raceway was based on an international car race. The original sponsor was Goodyear, as it supplied all of the tires on the Mark VII vehicles.

The ride was expanded in 1973 and remained unchanged until the 1994 remodel of Tomorrowland. Part of the track was also shortened to make room for Mickey's Birthdayland sometime between late 1987 to early 1988. The Grand Prix theme and name was dropped in favor of Tomorrowland Indy Speedway, but the track and vehicles remained the same, as new theming to coincide with the "New Tomorrowland" overlay was installed.

On December 20, 1999, Walt Disney Company and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway partnered to change the theme of the track. The ride was changed to add items from the famous Speedway, such as the famous Yard of Bricks, the Scoring Pylon, Gasoline Alley and the wheel and wing logo. The loading area featured panels with the three Indy events: the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400 and the United States Grand Prix.

The name was changed in 2008 to Tomorrowland Speedway, resulting in the drop of the Indy portion of the title.

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